Using The New Year To Engage Teens About Their Future | A Parents Guide

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Talking to your teenager about the next chapters in their life should be a routine conversation throughout their high school years. Whether they plan to further their education, pursue a trade, or serve their country, these discussions about their plans can help better align them with the potential financial goals that go along with whatever their aspirations may be.

While we’re spending the holidays with our loved ones and reflecting on the past year, why not also take that time to talk with your child about what comes next after high school?

Where To Start

Sometimes the hardest part of talking to your teen about their future goals is getting the conversation started. We’ve all been teens before and we can relate to the sentiment of knowing it all at those ages, but asking open-ended questions around your child’s aspirations and dreams for themselves can help your teen lead the conversation and their responses may surprise you.

Discuss All Options

As parents, we all want the very best for our children, and it’s our job to educate them about all of their options as they enter young adulthood. This could be college campus visits and breaking down the cost of higher education, speaking with a military recruiter, or even shadowing someone in the workforce. Having a more educated, well-rounded understanding of all options can help your teen make an informed decision about their future self and any associated financial implications.

We understand as interests and passions change, especially when it comes to teenagers. And plans change, too. That makes it all the more important to take some time to check-in with your teen on where they see their future selves headed. The coming of the new year is a perfect time to have these conversations.

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